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How to Train Your Dragon 2 movie review: flying higher

26 June 2014 6:34 AM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

An absolute delight, even better than the first film; a gorgeously animated ode to peacemaking, nonconformity, and sticking to your principles in the face of ultimate adversity. I’m “biast” (pro): loved the first film

I’m “biast” (con): absolutely nothing

I have not read the source material

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

The world is bigger on dragonback, as Hiccup — dragon whisperer and heir to the tiny throne of the Viking island village Berk — is discovering, joyfully. And we are there with him in a stunningly animated return to this fantastical realm. How to Train Your Dragon 2 isn’t only a glorious narrative expansion of the people and places we met in the first film, it also represents an astonishing leap in computer animation that makes Hiccup’s world even more touchably real than it was before. It seems like a paradox, »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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The Flickering Myth Reaction – Dumb and Dumber To trailer

12 June 2014 8:15 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Flickering Myth writing and editorial team give their thoughts on the trailer for Dumb and Dumber To….

It may be 20 years after the original, but Harry and Lloyd are back for Dumb and Dumber To, the trailer for which was released yesterday.

But what did our writing team think?

Ozzy Armstrong: I might be one of the few people born in the mid 80’s who didn’t enjoy the first film so a sequel seems completely redundant to me. Besides not liking the first Dumb and Dumber, I’m not a massive a fan of Jim Carrey either – so that probably doesn’t help.

As far as the trailer itself goes, I’m assuming that all of the “funny bits” were on show. This only makes me think that the end result will most likely be a big steaming unfunny turd of a picture. In short, I really couldn’t care less. »

- Luke Owen

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Heaven Is for Real movie review: extraordinary claims, no evidence

30 May 2014 1:56 PM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

You’d think any movie that an all-powerful deity had a hand in would be awesome, right? Turns out, not so much. There’s barely even a story here. I’m “biast” (pro): always want to love Greg Kinnear and Kelly Reilly

I’m “biast” (con): total atheist

I have not read the source material

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Heaven is for real? Proven by a movie?! Well, no. At best, this cinematic sermon almost humbly acknowledges that even Christians know their fairy tale about a heaven of fluffy white clouds and Jesus in a bathrobe sounds like, you know, a fairy tale that is hard to accept at face value. At worst, it’s a shameless money grab by a family in desperate financial straits cashing in on the fantasies of their little boy. I don’t see how either option — or »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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A Million Ways to Die in the West movie review: “nice guys” need to shut up

29 May 2014 3:04 PM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

Director, producer, writer, and star Seth MacFarlane laments the epic romantic tragedy of Seth MacFarlane, who deserves a beautiful girlfriend because he’s “nice.” I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): the “funny” bits in the trailer were not funny

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

If timing in comedy is everything, then Seth MacFarlane’s timing with A Million Ways to Die in the West is really off the rails.

I’m not talking about the comic timing of the alleged jokes in this overlong, underfunny, and shamelessly self-indulgent flick. No amount of tinkering with timing could repair the cesspool collection of done-to-death comedy clichés that range from “might have been funny the first time they were deployed in cinema, in 1912” to “might be hilarious to those not quite finished with potty training” to “oh my god, dude, not funny ever.” For »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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X-Men: Days of Future Past movie review: time for hope

19 May 2014 8:30 AM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

With its time-twisting plot, sci-fi soapiness, powerful humanism, and to-die-for cast, this is the summer blockbuster done with elegance and heart. I’m “biast” (pro): love most of the previous films in the series

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

It is a nasty future we open on, in this I’ve-lost-count-how-many-th X-Men flick: dark postapocalyptic skies and ruined cities left in the wake of the ongoing genocide of mutants and humans by robot Sentinels. The sci-fi Judgment Day has come and the Terminators aren’t even bothering to imprison survivors in the Matrix (they’re not leaving survivors, it seems). And I have to wonder, Was Days of Future Past inspired and informed by the machine apocalypses of 80s and 90s flicks? Or were those flicks inspired and informed by old 70s X-Men comics? Is it both realities simultaneously? »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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10 Awesome Actors Who Automatically Improve Any Movie By Their Presence

13 May 2014 5:32 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Warner Bros. Pictures

Moviemaking, like any art form, is not a precise science; two plus two often doesn’t equal four when it comes to giving an audience chills, moving them, or, tickling their funny bone. If entertainment could be reduced to a simple equation, then every blockbuster would be a megahit and every drama an enduring classic. Sometimes all the ingredients are there to make the perfect stew but the results turn out putrid (see: Movie 43’s stellar ensemble cast coming together to make a movie where Hugh Jackman plays a man with testicles growing from his chin). However, there are a few things you can always rely on to give a movie that extra dash of something special like a solid actor who brings the goods every time. Enlisting a good character actor can be like adding a much needed pinch of salt to a flavourless mush of a movie. »

- Travis Earl

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Watch Hugh Jackman Adorably Interview His '90s Self (Video)

7 May 2014 9:30 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

If you're reading this, Hugh Jackman, just stop.

Stop being so darn charming. In this video from Yahoo UK, Hugh Jackman interviews himself in 1999, right before the first "X-Men" came out, to chat about their future. Strangely enough, '90s Jackman looks almost exactly like today's Hugh Jackman, except there's a Furbie and several lava lamps nearby. Honestly, though, has Jackman aged at all? Does he has a portrait of himself in an attic somewhere that's developing a beer gut and going grey? Come on.

What's funny about this "interview" is that, first of all, it's really hard to do a cool, interesting video interview these days. Second, we all like to think of Hugh Jackman as a down-to-earth guy who always seems a bit surprised as his insane success. It's funny to see him sardonically toot his own horn.

2014 Jackman blows his past self's mind by explaining "X-Men: Days of Future Past »

- Jenni Miller

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Hailee Steinfeld Joins Pitch Perfect 2

30 April 2014 1:00 AM, PDT | kidspickflicks | See recent kidspickflicks news »

Update: Hailee Steinfeld will join the cast of Pitch Perfect! Hailee is one of the few Oscar-nominated kid actors. Often, kids who get that status don't make movies kids or teens will enjoy, but Hailee recently co-starred in Ender's Game and now, she's in a movie very likely to get multiple viewings from teens. Now, who is ready to hear Hailee sing?

Jan. 28, 2014 -  If you don't know much about Elizabeth Banks, let me assure you - she is Amazing. She has two little kids under the age of 3, she has a pretty cool website (ElizabethBanks.com), she has a busy acting career and she has a company that makes movies like Pitch Perfect. Now, she's going to add director to her resume. She will direct Pitch Perfect 2! She's tried her hand at it before by directing a segment of Movie 43. Banks and her husband Max Handelman will »

- tara@kidspickflicks.com (Tara the Mom)

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Podcast: Three New Reviews and a Dramatic Reading of Peter Jackson's 'Hobbit' Statement

25 April 2014 11:15 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

It's the last episode of the Friday podcast that will be made available for free and I think we've delivered, coming in with reviews for The Other Woman, Last Passenger and Brick Mansions as well as a lot of news, a dramatic reading of Peter Jackson's announcement the third Hobbit film will be titled The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, tons of your questions, voice mail and four games. We hope you enjoy and hope to continue to have many of you join us once the Friday episode goes subscription only come May 2. If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for »

- Brad Brevet

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Fading Gigolo review: Twilight for middle-aged men

23 April 2014 4:30 AM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a film that looks more like the filmmaker’s midlife-crisis wish-fulfillment fantasy than this one. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

You know how it happens. A beautiful, wealthy woman — a doctor — happens to mention, offhand, just out of the blue, to one of her patients that she and her even more gorgeous, even more rich friend are just dying to have a threesome. And the patient, who just happens to be Woody Allen, naturally thinks to pimp out his florist pal, John Turturro, to them. Cuz who couldn’t use a little extra dough? Same old story, really.

Did I mention that this is written and directed by Turturro?

This is like Twilight for middle-aged men, in which prostitution is an adventure and getting paid tons »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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DVD Review – Revenge for Jolly! (2012)

22 April 2014 11:10 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Revenge for Jolly!, 2012.

Directed by Chadd Harbold.

Starring: Brian Petsos, Oscar Isaac, Gillian Jacobs, Kristen Wiig, Elijah Wood, Adam Brody, Garret Dillahunt and Ryan Phillippe.

Synopsis:

Owing some money to some bad men, Harry (Pestos) finds his dog, Jolly, dead when he can’t pay up. He sets about avenging his best friend’s death, with the help of his cousin Cecil (Isaac).

May I direct your gaze to that cast list above. Look at it. That’s an exemplary set of names – a heap of in demand dramatic, comedic and method actors. It’s Revenge For Jolly!’s main pull, especially with Oscar Isaac in the supporting role, fresh off the critical success of Inside Llewyn Davis. The film will be noticed, but you can’t expect a great deal of praise coming off that word-of-mouth. Sadly, that cast cannot inject any life into Brian Petsos’ lacklustre script.

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- Gary Collinson

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Divergent review: girls just wanna do everything

17 April 2014 2:45 PM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

No, it’s not wildly different than other science fiction, hero’s journey, and adventure movies. Sometimes we call such stories archetypal. Mythic, even. I’m “biast” (pro): I am eager for movies — especially genre movies — with female protagonists

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

I have not read the source material

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Now see that, Hollywood! That wasn’t so hard, was it? To make a movie about a young woman doing cool kickass stuff and being the master of her own destiny… it didn’t sting too terribly much, did it, now? It looks like she might even get to save the world or something by the time the last of three-books-turned-into-four-movies comes around, and that won’t hurt, will it?

I hear the cries: “But Hunger Games!” Yes, Hunger Games. And? If there’s room enough in the »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Josh Duhamel Joins People for a Twitter Chat!

11 April 2014 12:00 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

He's a busy actor, hubby to pop superstar Fergie and proud papa to 8-month-old son Axl. But Josh Duhamel is never too busy to catch up with his fans: The actor joins People for a Twitter chat Friday afternoon, shooting the breeze about all sorts of topics as he clued readers in on what he's been up to. And there's no shortage of stuff to chat about: The 41-year-old star, who joined People on behalf of the Advil Relief in Action campaign, has happily settled into a life of domestic bliss with the newest addition to the family. He also »

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Chris Pratt & Anna Faris Are 'Vacation Friends' for Director Steve Pink

26 March 2014 8:24 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

In case you didn't know, The House Bunny and Scary Movie franchise star Anna Faris and Guardians of the Galaxy lead Chris Pratt are married in real life. That bit of information makes their segment in the awful Movie 43 a little weird, but whatever. Now the couple are poised to redeem themselves from that misguided team-up as Deadline reports Fox has picked up a new comedy spec script called Vacation Friends with Pratt and Faris lined up to star. In addition, Hot Tub Time Machine and About Last Night remake director Steve Pink will be at the helm of the comedy hoping to shoot later this year. More below! The film follows a crazy, partying couple who makes friends with a straight-laced, settled couple while on vacation in Mexico. Despite their differences, they have a great time together. But when they return home with hopes of having more fun with the same couple, »

- Ethan Anderton

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Nymphomaniac review: behold the alien Woman

20 March 2014 10:26 AM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

A salacious yet also tedious portrayal of a woman who would appear to confirm all the nastiest stereotypes about women. Completely unfun, unpleasant, unerotic, and unenlightening. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): not a fan of Lars von Trier

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

In a cinematic environment in which women were depicted, overall, as fully rounded human beings with a wide range of sexual expression available to them without judgment or disapproval, Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac would still be a disgusting, degrading portrait of a terrible person that is completely unfun, unpleasant, unerotic, and unenlightening. But in the cinematic environment we actually have, it is a salacious yet also tedious portrayal of a woman who would appear to confirm all the nastiest stereotypes about women: that they sexually prey upon and sexually manipulate men purely for the power rush of it, »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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10 Frightful, Forgettable February Films

6 March 2014 8:12 AM, PST | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

February has come and gone in the blink of an eye, and once again the month exhibited one of the most peculiar phenomena in the world – no, not a leap year, but cramming the the largest number of terrible movies into the shortest month possible. Peter Travers is, of course, on the case, breaking out his prized scum bucket to dispose of the worst of the worst, and for everyone's sake he's limited himself to just ten awful February films.

First into the scum bucket is Vampire Academy, which Travers »

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'Wolf of Wall Street,' 'American Hustle' Lead MTV Movie Award Nominees

6 March 2014 6:43 AM, PST | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Leonardo DiCaprio will get another shot at a best actor trophy, though this one will be in the shape of a golden bucket of popcorn: The actor is up for Best Male Performance at this year's MTV Movie Awards for his turn in Wolf of Wall Street. Of course, he'll have to go through Matthew McConaughey again, who's up for Dallas Buyers Club – the role he just won an Oscar for – though if DiCaprio plays his cards right he might pick up Best Shirtless Performance.

Tying Wolf for the most nods was American Hustle, »

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'Movie 43' and 'After Earth' win big at the Razzie Awards

3 March 2014 1:29 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

(Cbr) "Movie 43" and "After Earth" were the big “winners” at the Razzies last night, with each film taking home three trophies from the awards ceremony that “honors” the worst movies of 2013. "Movie 43", which featured Hugh Jackman, Dennis Quaid, Kate Winslet, Seth MacFarlane, Chris Pratt, Emma Stone and many more big Hollywood stars in various short films being pitched to studios by a washed-up producer, took home the award for Worst Picture, Worst Screenplay and Worst Director — or directors, as the film had 13. "After Earth", the science fiction film directed by M. Night Shyamalan that starred Will and Jaden Smith, took home the awards for Worst Lead Actor, Worst Supporting Actor and Worst Screen Combo for the father-son duo. Tyler Perry won his eighth Razzie for Worst Actress for "A Madea Christmas", where he once again performed in drag, while Kim Kardashian took the Worst Supporting Actress statue for »

- JK Parkin, Comic Book Resources

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Jennifer Lawrence Takes an Oscar-Night Tumble for the Second Year in a Row, Will and Jaden Smith Awarded Razzies, and Mel Gibson's Ex Can't Party

3 March 2014 1:17 PM, PST | Reelzchannel.com | See recent ReelzChannel news »

Sunday night was Oscar night in Hollywood. Jared Leto took home the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in Dallas Buyers Club while Lupita Nyong'o won Best Supporting Actress for 12 Years a Slave. Cate Blanchett won for Best Actress for Blue Jasmine and Matthew McConaughey won Best Actor for his role opposite Jared Leto in Dallas Buyers Club.

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Jennifer Lawrence may be contemplating a year off from the Hollywood scene but she couldn't leave us without staying true to her reputation as least graceful actress to receive an Oscar nomination. This will be the second year in a row that she's taken a tumble at the awards. Upon her glamorous arrival she stepped out of the car and tripped over an orange traffic cone. Oh JLaw, only you can make a tumble look so good.

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Will and Jaden Smith may »

- Megan Rivera

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The 2014 Annual Razzie Awards

3 March 2014 11:25 AM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

With all the hoopla about the big Sunday night movie award show, many of you might not have gotten the list of the big winners from Saturday night’s big movie awards show. I’m talking about the 34th Annual Razzie Awards. They were started in 1980 by John Wilson to celebrate the movie year’s worst achievements. The hour-long ceremony was held this past Saturday evening down the street from the site of Sunday’s big show. Without further ado, here’s the nominees and winners for the 2013 film year:

Worst Screenplay:

After Earth, The Lone Ranger, Grown Ups 2, A Madea Christmas, and the winner…Movie 43 (credited to 28 different writers according to IMDb!)

Worst Remake, Rip-off, Or Sequel:

Grown Ups 2, The Hangover III, Scary Movie 5, Smurfs 2, and the winner…The Lone Ranger

Worst Director:

Dennis Dugan for Grown Ups 2, M. Night Shyamalan for After Earth, »

- Jim Batts

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